first_imgIt looks like our Broadway boyfriend (just let us have this, OK?!) Aaron Tveit is sticking to the small screen. The Audience Choice Award winner will star in BrainDead, an upcoming comic-thriller for CBS involving an extraterrestrial takeover in D.C. The series is scheduled to premiere next summer.The news follows the cancellation of Graceland, the USA drama which also features fellow stage alum Daniel Sunjata. Tveit has no problem hopping across networks; he is also set to star as Danny Zuko in Fox’s live Grease telecast on January 31, 2016.Tveit will play Gareth in BrainDead, a witty and no-nonsense Legislative Director to a top Republican senator. The series will also star Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Laurel as a fresh-faced government employee. Oh, and there are aliens who have invaded earth and are eating the brains of multiple congressmen. We probably should have led with that.Here’s hoping Tveit’s brains stay in tact and alien-free! View Commentslast_img read more

first_img Related Shows View Comments Texas native Carmen Cusack’s revisiting her southern roots in Bright Star. The seasoned theater vet makes her long-awaited Broadway debut in the Steve Martin and Edie Brickell musical, and she and her castmates stopped by The Tonight Show to celebrate. Take a look below of their performance of the number “Sun’s Gonna Shine.” Not to be upstaged, Martin also made an appearance and performed a number…about not wanting to make an appearance. He eventually sucked it up and chatted with Brickell and Fallon. In the interview, Martin reveals the sage advice he received from the late Mike Nichols: “Never go to the birthday party of someone who’s written a musical…because they’ll play you every song that was cut from the show.” So if you want more Bright Star head to the Cort Theatre. Or Steve Martin’s house. His birthday is August 14. Bright Starcenter_img Steve Martin Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016last_img read more

first_img View Comments After an acclaimed run off-Broadway last fall, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney’s popular alter egos Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland will make their debuts on the Great White Way in Oh, Hello on Broadway. Directed by Alex Timbers, tickets are now available for the production, which will play a limited engagement September 23 through January 8, 2017. Opening night is set for October 10 at the Lyceum Theatre.Gil Faizon (Kroll) and George St. Geegland (Mulaney) are outrageously opinionated, 70-something, native New Yorkers that Kroll and Mulaney first began performing on the alternative comedy stages in NYC. Honed for over a decade, the fictional duo garnered a cult following and found their way onto a Comedy Central special, viral videos and late night couches everywhere. Oh, Hello on Broadway is Gil and George’s “memoir for the stage”—a laugh-a-minute two-man tour-de-force that’s part scripted, part spontaneous comedy, and totally unprecedented.The production will feature sets by Scott Pask, lighting by Jake DeGroot, sound by M.L. Dogg and costumes by Emily Rebholz. Related Shows John Mulaney & Nick Kroll in ‘Oh Hello, on Broadway’center_img Oh, Hello on Broadway Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 22, 2017last_img read more

first_img A baby Benanti is on the way! Broadway favorite Laura Benanti and her husband Patrick Brown are expecting a daughter; the Tony winner recently revealed the exciting news on Twitter. The two were wed in November last year.”We are overjoyed to be growing this tiny human, and can’t wait to meet her this winter,” Benanti said in a statement.Benanti earned a Tony nomination this year for her performance in She Loves Me, which concluded its limited run on July 10. She won in 2008 for Gypsy and received nominations for Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Into the Woods and Swing!. Her additional credits include The Wedding Singer and Nine on stage and Supergirl, The Sound of Music Live!, Nashville and Go On on screen. She recently made headlines for her uncanny take on Melania Trump following the potential First Lady’s speech controversy.In September 2015, Benanti opened up about experiencing a miscarriage. In her piece, she questioned why the subject was considered over-sharing and offered words of comfort to women and families going through similar experiences. “My hope is that talking about it in an open forum can be healing in some small way,” Benanti said. “Sometimes it can be helpful to know that someone out there has felt the same pain as you.”With every storm comes a rainbow, and congratulates the couple on the happy news. Patrick Brown & Laura Benanti(Photo: Jeremy Daniel) Doing a little research with @impbrown!Coming this winter…#BabyGirlBrown— Laura Benanti (@LauraBenanti) August 11, 2016center_img View Commentslast_img read more

first_img Idina Menzel has jumped over the moon, defied gravity and, uh, worn blazers and cardigans on Broadway. It seems like there’s nothing the blazing supernova can’t face, but her next project is a real beach of a role—one that she fears could be career-ending.Menzel, who will star as CC Bloom in the Lifetime TV remake of Beaches, spoke to Attitude about her nerves while taking on the iconic Bette Midler part for the small screen. “I said no to doing the film a few time because I love Bette Midler,” Menzel said. “I love the original movie, and I didn’t want to set myself up for failure.”Ultimately, Menzel decided to step up to the plate, despite not being used to recreating pre-existing roles. She responded to the themes of friendship between two very different women—not unlike those found in Wicked—and wants a new generation to see this story. “In the context of what our struggles are as women now, there’s more to explore,” the Tony winner said, “which made me feel OK about potentially attempting career suicide doing it.”While the concern of being compared to the Divine Miss M is understandably nerve-racking for Menzel, she at least already has a fan in the Broadway-bound legend. “Can’t wait to see Idina Menzel as CC,” Midler tweeted following the casting announcement.Lifetime’s Beaches, which will also star Nia Long and feature young Broadway alums Gabriella Pizzolo and Grace Capeless, is set to premiere next year. Idina Menzel(Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) View Comments Idina Menzel Star Fileslast_img read more

first_img View Comments Amber Milt Yep, just a little bit of pixie dust! Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, continued its third season on September 27 with a special look at the Audience Choice Award-winning musical Finding Neverland. Correspondent Amber Milt chats with Tony-winning director Diane Paulus, Emmy-winning choreographer Mia Michaels and Olivier winner Laura Michelle Kelly, who starred in the Broadway production of Neverland. Click play!center_img Broadway Balances Americalast_img read more

first_img Related Shows Chicago’s got a heartbreaker coming to the Ambassador Theatre! Paul Alexander Nolan, who was most recently seen on the Great White Way in Bright Star, will step into the razzle-dazzle role of Billy Flynn beginning on October 31. Current Chicago star Jason Danieley is scheduled to depart the Tony-winning revival on October 30.In addition to playing the leading man in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star, Nolan has appeared on Broadway in Doctor Zhivago, Once and Jesus Christ Superstar. He was also featured in off-Broadway’s Daddy Long Legs. Nolan’s regional credits include Aida, Jesus Christ Superstar, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, As You Like It, The Grapes of Wrath, Cyrano de Bergerac, West Side Story and The Who’s Tommy.Nolan joins a cast that includes fresh face Veronica Dunne as Roxie Hart, Lana Gordon Wright as Velma Kelly, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Chicago will officially mark its 20th anniversary on November 14. View Comments Paul Alexander Nolan(Photo: Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Chicagocenter_img Star Files from $49.50 Paul Alexander Nolanlast_img read more

first_imgAfter more than six weeks of temperatures in the 90s and low 100s with very little rain, many Georgians are asking, “How dry is it?”The Aug. 21 statewide Palmer Drought Severity Index value was -2.7. This means that the state as a whole is classified as being in moderate drought. A statewide PDSI value of -3 would classify Georgia as being in severe drought. Across the state, drought conditions range from mild to severe. A historical perspective adds more meaning to the PDSI. The statewide value of -2.7 is at the 2nd percentile for the third week in August. This means that in 98 out of 100 years, the statewide PDSI value for the third week in August would be higher, or less dry. In short, Georgia is having one of the worst August droughts on record. The PDSI is a long-term drought indicator and responds slowly to recent weather. Statewide PDSI values are available back to 1895. August 1998 through July 1999 was the 12th driest statewide August-through-July since 1895. July 1999 was the 24th driest since 1895. How Hot Is It? Another common question among Georgians is “How hot is it?” In July, statewide average temperature was above normal. But it was only the 60th warmest statewide July since 1895. The statewide average for May through July was actually below normal. The period ranked as only the 25th warmest May-through-July since 1895. However, because of a very warm winter, the average statewide for August 1998 through July 1999 was the 98th warmest since 1895.Stream Flow Rates a Concern The drought is having different impacts across the state. As of Aug. 23, the flow in many rivers and creeks was in the bottom 10th percentile. Low flow rates and water table levels are becoming a concern statewide. Outdoor watering bans are common across the state.Short-term Relief Scattered rain Aug. 23-24 brought short-term relief to many parts of the state. But this rain won’t break the drought. Most of the state needs more than half a foot of rain to end the drought. Northeast Georgia needs more than a foot. As of Aug. 21, the PDSI classifies northeast, west central, southwest and southeast Georgia as being in severe drought. North central, central, east central and south central Georgia are in moderate drought. Northwest Georgia is in mild drought.Soil Moisture Short The Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service reports that moisture is short to very short in 81 percent of the state’s soils. This is unchanged from a week earlier. The 81 percent compares to 28 percent last year and 41 percent for the five-year average. GASS reports that more than 50 percent of the state’s pastures are poor to very poor. Some farmers are doing supplemental feeding and culling herds. The hot weather has stressed dairy cattle. The Crop Moisture Index is a measure of soil moisture available for use by crops. The Aug. 21 CMI indicates that southwest Georgia is extremely dry, with dryland crops in danger of being ruined. West central Georgia is severely dry, with potential yields severely cut. Excessively dry soils reduce yield prospects in northwest and northeast Georgia. And abnormally dry soils are hurting yield prospects in central, east central and southeast Georgia. The CMI indicates that soil moisture is short in north central and south central Georgia.Drought Links PDSI and CMI values and rankings are calculated by Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. You can get updates on drought conditions in Georgia and across the Southeast at the University of Georgia drought Web site. Or call your county Extension Service agent. Get updated weather data at the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Web site.last_img read more

first_imgUniversity of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead and Agriculture Commissioner of Georgia Gary Black were part of an annual farm tour that visited southeast Georgia on Wednesday, Oct. 2 to learn about the diverse makeup of the state’s agricultural industry.UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean Sam Pardue, Vice President for Government Relations Toby Carr and members of the Georgia General Assembly also participated. The group visited farms and agricultural businesses to learn about various crops such as citrus, cotton, peanuts and poultry — all of which contribute to agriculture being the No. 1 industry in the state.The state legislators included Sen. Jack Hill, Sen. John Wilkinson, Rep. Terry England and Rep. Tom McCall.“It is inspiring to see the many ways UGA faculty and staff help Georgia’s farmers, whether through groundbreaking research or expertise shared by our county Extension agents,” Morehead said. “To see the great impact up close is very impressive.”The 2019 farm tour marked the seventh year that Morehead has visited farms and connected with the state’s agricultural leaders. In an effort to fully understand the different challenges that Georgia’s producers face, the farm tour visits a different area of the state every year.“To understand Georgia agriculture is to grasp the importance of its diversity in this state. When we start thinking about the farm tour and what part of the state we want to visit, we make an effort to travel to the different regions of Georgia. In doing so, we see something different each time,” Pardue said. “Last year it was pecans in southwest Georgia, this year it was citrus and poultry.”The tour started at Franklin Citrus in Statesboro, Georgia. It is the largest citrus producer in Georgia and specializes in growing satsuma oranges. Satsumas are the most popular citrus grown in the state. Under the guidance of Jake Price, UGA Extension coordinator in Lowndes County, the expansion of Georgia’s citrus production started in 2013. As many as 70,000 trees were added this year.The tour also traveled to Cromley Farms and Bulloch Gin in Brooklet, Georgia, to learn about cotton and peanut production. Georgia is one of the nation’s largest cotton producers, with 1.4 million acres planted this year, marking the third-highest planted acreage of the past decade. Georgia is the No. 1 producer of peanuts in the U.S. Georgia’s growers produce more than 45% of the nation’s crop, and 95% of Georgia peanuts are varieties developed by UGA.The group visited Claxton Poultry in Sylvania, Georgia, to conclude the tour. The family-owned business sells 300 million pounds of chicken to restaurants across the country, according to its website, and is a big reason that poultry is the state’s largest commodity group.“We are proud that we can continue these farm tours because they showcase the impact agriculture has on this state, while strengthening the relationship our farming community has with those who support it,” Black said.To learn more about UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, see read more

first_img       Changes From August              2008July2008August              2007July   2008August2007 TotalNumberNumberAug-08Jul-08Aug-07AreaLabor ForceEmployedUnemployedRate (%)Rate (%)Rate (%)Barre-Montpelier28,55027,3001,2504.45.03.2Bennington12,70012,1006004.95.03.6Bradford4,7004,5002004.34.53.5Brattleboro23,60022,5001,0504.54.93.5Burlington-South Burlington113,450109,1004,3503.94.13.0Hartford19,95019,4505002.62.92.0Manchester12,30011,8005004.24.53.1Middlebury18,20017,4507504.24.43.3Morristown-Stowe20,25019,4008504.24.43.1Newport13,45012,7007505.76.04.1Randolph8,8008,4004004.65.13.3Rutland28,45026,9001,5505.45.73.9Springfield11,85011,3005504.85.03.6St. Johnsbury14,70014,0506504.54.63.6Swanton-Enosburg14,30013,6507004.75.23.8Warren-Waitsfield3,7003,6001003.03.42.5Woodstock3,7003,6001002.83.12.2Vermont Total355,050339,95015,1004.34.53.2 Total Labor Force351,200352,700352,800-1,500-1,600   Employment333,800335,800339,300-2,000-5,500   Unemployment17,30016,90013,5004003,800   Rate (%) Note: Rate is unemployed divided by total labor force, expressed as a percent.Source:Vermont Department of Labor in cooperation with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics UNEMPLOYMENT EDGES UP SLIGHTLY TO 4.9% IN AUGUST, JOB GROWTH SLIPS DOWN -0.2%.Montpelier (September 19, 2008) — The Vermont Department of Labor announced today that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August 2008 was 4.9 percent, up one-tenth of a point from the revised July rate of 4.8% and up 1.1 points from a year ago.”National economic conditions continue to have their impact on Vermont’s labor market, though not quite to the same degree,” said Patricia Moulton Powden, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor. “Vermont’s one-tenth of a point increase in unemployment was much smaller than the nation’s four-tenths increase in August. Job losses have been smaller on a percentage basis as well, though any job losses remain a concern.”Vermont’s observed seasonally adjusted monthly changes in employment, unemployment and unemployment rate are not statistically different from July values. For comparison purposes, the US seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August was 6.1 percent, up four-tenths of a point from July 2008. Unemployment rates for Vermont’s 17 labor market areas ranged from 2.6% percent in Hartford to 5.7% percent in Newport. Local labor market area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. For comparison, the unadjusted unemployment rate for Vermont was 4.3 percent, down two-tenths of a point from July 2008 and up 1.1 points from a year ago.Jobs Data (Vermont’s job count estimates are produced from a statewide survey of business establishments conducted under the Current Employment Survey (CES) – a cooperative effort with the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.)Seasonally adjusted job levels fell by 800 or -0.3% over July, and by -1,000 or -0.3% over the year. Job losses were spread over many sectors including Manufacturing, Construction, Trade, Transportation & Utilities, Education & Health services, Financial Activities, Other services and Government. A notable exception was Leisure and Hospitality which added 200 seasonally adjusted jobs in August.Before adjustment, Total Non-Farm jobs were essentially flat, -50 jobs from July to August, but down 600 jobs or -0.2% annually. Only Leisure and Hospitality showed any significant seasonal job gains from July to August (+700 / 2.0%), but the segment remains essentially flat over the year. The Health Care & Social Assistance sector continues to show good annual job gains (950/2.5%). Manufacturing is down over the year (-850 / -2.4%) as is the Construction sector, (-750 / -4.0%). Declines in construction may have been aggravated by poor weather in the measurement period. Michael Griffin ghallock 2006-03-08T18:42:20Z 2004-09-24T14:43:24Z 2008-09-18T12:03:59Z DET 11.8107 Sheet1 600 600 3 5 False False False Column A 26512 lmaur_26512 SourcePrintArea HtmlStatic 23072 lmaur_23072 SourceRange $A$2:$G$32 HtmlStatic 2220 11970 -15 4365 False False HTML_CodePage =1252 HTML_Control ={“‘Sheet1’!$A$362:$G$394″} HTML_Description =”” HTML_Email =”” HTML_Header =”” HTML_LastUpdate =”1/23/06″ HTML_LineAfter =FALSE HTML_LineBefore =FALSE HTML_Name =”” HTML_OBDlg2 =TRUE HTML_OBDlg4 =TRUE HTML_OS =0 HTML_PathFile =”D:\SHARE\lss\LMAUR.HTM” HTML_Title =”” Print_Area 1 =Sheet1!#REF!VERMONT LABOR FORCE AND UNEMPLOYMENTLABOR MARKET AREAS BY RESIDENCE (Not Seasonally Adjusted)August 2008 Estimates Vermont Labor Force Statistics (Seasonally Adjusted)last_img read more